The intent of the Network for Open Scientific Innovation is to create an international team of experts from multiple disciplines who can develop and analyze licenses for compliance with open source and other sharing principles. As a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization, the Network coordinates projects with its global partner organizations, including, the first “node” of the network, based at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV Rio. We conduct research in several related fields, examining alternative funding mechanisms such as Prize Funds, determining the merits of Patent Pools for certain technologies, and brainstorming new Open Source inspired business models for various sectors. We also monitor the growing “Open Science” movement, keeping track of organizations springing up around the world working on aspects ranging from publication, to data sharing, to research on neglected diseases. Our “think tank” has no agenda other than the effective us of biotechnology to further humanitarian goals. As the Network expands its capacity, it will use its “nodal” system to offer consultation for “open source” style technology development and management at every stage (from deciding how to best use intellectual property to preserve freedom to operate, to advising on a choice of commercialization strategies that assure maximum penetration of the innovation in question). By leveraging the tremendous creativity present in the developing world, and by working to reform the structural failings in the global political economy of innovation, the Network will greatly accelerate the pace of technological development, smashing through “bottlenecks,” both legal, and economic, that are preventing humanity from enjoying the benefits of world changing advances in areas such as stem cell based regenerative medicine and gene therapy.
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